The Legacy Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Essay

1071 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
When he took office in early 1933, Roosevelt had a myriad of problems to address.
Between 13 and 15 million people were unemployed, thousands of banks had gone out of business, and the U.S treasury didn’t have enough money to pay all government workers.29
Nonetheless, FDR stood tall in the face of these adversities, declaring that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself .”30
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30th, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York
He was no stranger to struggle, having been diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39. He attended Harvard University where he met his wife, Eleanor.31 In 1910, at the age of 28, Roosevelt began his political career as a Democrat in the New York State Senate. He served as chair of the Agricultural Committee, Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Governor of New York before being elected president in 1933.32 President Roosevelt was quick to attack the depression, putting his new deal into action in his first 100 days in office. His goal: to return American prosperity through federal activism. His first act was ordering a temporary closure of banks nationwide to stop the run on deposits. He surrounded himself with the best economic advisors in the country, and with their consultation rolled out agencies such as the AAA (Agricultural Adjustment Administration) to support farm prices, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) to employ young men, and the NRA (National Recovery Administration), which regulated wages and…

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